Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
EPA representatives meet with North Birmingham residents; cleanup could start as early as February
After testing samples from about 1,100 locations in Collegeville, Harriman Park and Fairmont, the EPA has identified about 400 properties that need some kind of cleanup because of high levels of arsenic, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Residents
in three North Birmingham neighborhoods could see cleanup efforts for
contaminated soil as early as February, U.S. Environmental Protection Age...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:39:44 PM
Pell City man faces charges after leading police on chase in Talladega County; 2 passengers injured
Michael Allen, 41, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and other traffic offenses.
Alabama -- A Pell City man who tried to run from Lincoln police just before
midnight Tuesday and wrecked his vehicle faces drug charges, according
to The Daily Home .
Allen, 41, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, pos...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30:09 PM
Forecast: Chilly night, rainy Saturday coming up in Birmingham
Rain is expected to move into the area Friday night and Saturday.
View full size National Weather Service Thursday
night will be another cold one in the Birmingham area, with lows again dipping
below freezing, according
to the National Weather Service . Expect Friday to be warmer, with highs
around 50 and lows only getting into the 40s.
expected to move into the area Friday night and Saturday.
The Boutwel...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:00:00 PM
Man accused of using missing Bessemer man's credit card arrested
William Lee Worley, 47, of Bessemer, faces a charge of illegal possession of a credit card after police say he tried to use a card belonging to Jerry Wayne Dailey III.
View full size William Lee Worley (Photo courtesy of Bessemer police) BESSEMER, Alabama -- Bessemer
police have charged a man accused of using the credit card of a man who was
reported missing in November.
Worley, 47, of Bessemer, faces...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:48:37 PM
Meet Slade Anderson: Grand Marshal for Mountain Brook's Holiday Parade, a hero to his mother
This year, along with the decorative floats and sparkling dancers, one of Mountain Brook's most beloved will help lead the celebration.
Slade Anderson (Go Team Slade Facebook page) MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama -- On Sunday, Dec. 15, the streets of Mountain Brook Village will come alive with festive cheer as thousands line the streets for the annual Holiday Parade set to begin at 3 p.m. This year, along with t...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:32:00 PM
2 former Bibb County deputies face charges after investigation involving sexual abuse
Ervin Lee Heard, 42, and Ralph Burnell Jr., 43, were indicted Thursday.
Alabama -- Two former Bibb County sheriff's deputies, including the current
chief of police in Vance, face charges after an investigation that began in
Heard, 42, who was a supervisor for the sheriff's office, faces a twenty-count
indictment including custodial sexual misconduct, sodomy first degree, sexual
abuse first degree, h...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:44:50 PM
Astronaut who covered Davie Bowie's 'Space Oddity' from space reprises performance underground
Chris Hadfield's performance from space station seen nearly 20 million times.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, whose in-orbit cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity went viral on the internet, reprised the performance on live television today . The former commander of the International Space Station played the song and accompanied himself on the guitar on BBC News in London. The program's host noted that Hadfield's famou...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:32:12 PM
Pelham High School assistant principal arrested on charges she had sex with teen student
Catherine Michelle Bell is in the Shelby County Jail on $90,000 bond.
PELHAM, Alabama - A former assistant principal at Pelham High School was arrested Thursday on charges she had sex with a male student. Catherine Michelle Bell, 33, turned herself in to the Shelby County Jail about 2:45 p.m. She is charged with three counts of "School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act or Deviant Sexual Intercourse with a Student Under the Age of 1...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:15:56 PM
Boeing adding 400 jobs in Huntsville
Boeing announced Thursday plans to open a $6 million research center in Huntsville, which will create 400 new jobs.
The project, Boeing Research and Technology, will bring more engineering jobs to the company's existing presence at Huntsville's Redstone Arensenal. It will involve a shift of work to Alabama from other states, according to a report from AL.com.
"They (the 400 jobs) all represent knowledge-based jobs and our efforts to grow Alabama's knowledge-based economy," Secretary of C...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:10:54 PM
Birmingham high schoolers help spread Christmas cheer to thousands of children through Toys for Tots
100 Birmingham high school students had a day of volunteerism today at Toys for Tots, Greater Birmingham Humane Society and the Ronald McDonald House.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Raven Hill knew in her head she wanted to spread Christmas spirit. She knew she wanted to help those who need a boost, to give what she had to give. It was only when she arrived at the YMCA Youth Center this morning, only when she saw families lined up and ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:07:31 PM
Who will be eligible for Medicaid in Alabama next year?
Despite calls asking Alabama to reverse course, the reality is that the state has so far decided against participating in a Medicaid expansion slated to go into effect in less than a month.
That means that 300,000 additional Alabamians eligible for Medicaid under the expansion's guidelines won't be able to enroll into the program any time soon.
The additional enrollment is a result of an expansion of Medicaid coverage to all adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:54:29 PM
Sebelius directs insurance companies to accept Obamacare premium payments up to Dec. 31
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ordered insurance companies to accept payment through Dec. 31 for Affordable Care Act coverage beginning on Jan. 1. The Health and Human Services Secretary also formally extended the deadline for enrolling in coverage starting at the first of the year from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23. Sebelius made the announcements this afternoon amid a number...
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius order...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:40:46 PM
Shelby County inmate dead after fall in cell
Steven Ray Dismuke died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
Steven Ray Dismuke SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama - A Shelby County Jail inmate hospitalized after a fall this week has died. Steven Ray Dismuke, 44, died Thursday, according to Shelby County Sheriff's officials. Dismuke, of Jakin, Ga., was hospitalized Monday. Dismuke was arrested by Pelham police on Nov. 30 for unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:14:49 PM
Jefferson County manager, attorney put on notice by majority of commission (updated)
Commissioners acknowledge that the bankruptcy has consumed a lot of time, but said that can no longer be used as an excuse.
County Attorney Carol Sue Nelson (left); County Manager Tony Petelos. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- With bankruptcy behind, some Jefferson County Commissioners say it's time the county manager's office and the county law department do a better job working with the commission to help fix the troubled coun...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:00:00 PM
Alabama convict missing day after he was denied parole
John Earl Christian disappeared in Phenix City earlier Thursday.
John Earl Christian ALEX CITY, Alabama - Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from an Alexander City community based facility. John Earl Christian, 46, was discovered missing earlier Thursday when Phenix City police about 9:45 a.m. notified Alabama Department of Corrections officials that one of the facility's vans had been found abandoned...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:38:49 PM
White House press corps, Jay Carney spar over access
Photographers claim administration unnecessarily bars them from events.
Press Secretary Jay Carney addresses the media. (Associated Press) An ongoing row between press photographers and the White House over access to the president was kicked up a notch today when Press Secretary Jay Carney faced a testy press corps at a press briefing . Reporters alleged that the White House bars news photographers from more presidenti...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:35:31 PM
BBVA Compass adding loan offices in Seattle, San Francisco
BBVA Compass has more plans to add loan production offices in major metros along the coast as it seeks to boost its loan portfolio.
But this time, the Birmingham-based bank is eyeing growth along the Pacific.
According to the Alabama State Banking Department, BBVA Compass has received approval for a new loan production office in Seattle. The bank currently has no branches in Washington state.
BBVA Compass also received approval to open LPOs in the California cities of San Francisco an...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:33:55 PM
Gresham Smith & Partners expands lease at Grandview II
In another sign that the construction industry is heating up, Gresham Smith & Partners has expanded its lease at Grandview II to accommodate growth.
Jim Griffo, senior vice president of the Nashville-based firm, said the architecture and engineering firm has increased headcount last year and this year. When the opportunity to extend its lease in Grandview came up, Griffo said the regionally focused firm decided to add some growth space. It now occupies 11,811 square feet at the building.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:18:12 PM
Investors purchase Southside apartments for $10M
Investors have been bullish on Birmingham's apartment market all year, and the trend doesn't appear to be slowing as 2013 draws to a close.
Cliff Road Properties LLC recently purchased 173 apartment units at a number of complexes in the Southside and Highland Avenue areas as an investment for $10 million. Mark Elwood is the registered agent and manager for the LLC, according to state filings.
As we've noted, Cliff Road Properties is hardly the only investment group buying up Birmingham e...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:14:25 PM
What Christmas can teach you about marketing your business
Christmas is quickly approaching, and with the holiday season upon us, one thing is on the mind of just about everyone in America – buying gifts.
We’re crazy about buying gifts. The average person spends around $800 on gifts alone. Women spend more than 13 hours looking for gifts for their husbands (that’s serious commitment). We are willing to brave sub-zero temperatures and raging hordes of stampeding shoppers on Black Friday just to find the perfect gift.
Yes, buying gifts for Christm...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:55:05 PM
Danish PM, who took 'selfie' at Mandela memorial, speaks out
PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt says photo was not inappropriate.
The story behind "that selfie"
http://t.co/jhwIlZuChu pic.twitter.com/7gscs6DpQR -- AFP Correspondent (@AFPblogs) December 11, 2013
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who took the Selfie Seen 'Round the World, defended her actions today in an interview with the Danish newspaper Berlingske . Thorning-Schmidt, British Prime Minister David Cameron an...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:45:22 PM
Scientists developing system to forecast Florida sinkholes
Computer model fed historical data expected to determine likelihood of sinkholes in areas as small as 1 kilometer.
A truck hangs over the edge of a sinkhole in Salt Springs, Fla., last year. (AP Photo/The Ocala Star-Banner, Alan Youngblood) Scientists working for the state of Florida are using decades of data on sinkholes to create maps that will predict where swimming pools, cars and entire homes are most likely to be...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:19:55 PM
Gardendale man arrested on sex abuse charges
Jason Scott Whitehead is being held on $90,000 bond.
Jason Whitehead GARDENDALE, Alabama - A Gardendale man is in the Jefferson County jail after being indicted on child sex abuse charges. Jason Scott Whitehead, 40, was arrested Monday. His arrest followed a Jefferson County grand jury indictment handed down in November. Whitehead is charged with sodomy and sex abuse of a child less than 12, court records show. Gard...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:19:10 PM
Daxko introduces Well social network
Daxko is trying to pass its culture on to other companies.
I visited the software firm's offices earlier this week to learn about Well, a fitness-centered social network of sorts developed within Daxko. Using data logged into fitness apps such as Jawbone, Well displays its users' activities on a feed and allows the creation of leader boards and groups centered on certain activities, among other functions.
Austin Merritt, Well's head of strategy and customer success, told me that Well was...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:17:12 PM
Callis Communications acquired by C Spire
Mobile-based telecommunications firm Callis Communications has been acquired by C Spire, the companies announced this week.
The deal still requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which should be obtained within the next 60 days, according to a news release.
“For over 25 years, C Spire has built a large and highly loyal customer base with an unmatched focus on providing exceptional service and taking the business needs of its customers personally,” said Dean Parker, ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:52:14 PM
Birmingham realtors have something to smile about
Home sales for the Birmingham area in November decreased slightly compared to one year ago, but for the most part, things are looking up for realtors.
According to the Birmingham Association of Realtors report, the number of total residential sales was 808 in November, compared to 825 in the same month of 2012. The average price of a home sale was $199,890, an 8 percent increase over the average price of $184,384 one year ago.
Among the homes sold in November, 170 were foreclosures, repr...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:59:33 AM
Judge sentences Birmingham man to life without parole in 'cold, heartless' murder-for-hire
Herbert Dugger Jr. was paid $7,000 for killing 25-year-old Kelvin Smith, according to court documents.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Birmingham drug dealer convicted
of killing another man in exchange for $7,000 was sentenced to life in prison
without parole at a hearing Thursday morning.
Herbert Samuel Dugger Jr., 25, was sentenced by Jefferson
County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones, who described the killing as "cold-blooded
and heartles...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:55:06 AM
UA softball coach Patrick Murphy to speak at chamber of commerce luncheon on Dec. 19
Patrick Murphy, who is head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide softball team will speak at the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 19.
Photo by Vasha Hunt. TRUSSVILLE, Alabama - Patrick Murphy, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide softball team at the University of
Alabama, is slated to speak at the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce
luncheon on Dec. 19, which will take place at the Trussville Civic Cen...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:53:42 AM
5 questions from the front line of Obamacare sign-ups after Alabama enrollment surge
Alabama has signed up 10 percent of Alabamians who are eligible for a plan on the exchange through the Affordable Care Act, according to numbers released by the federal government Wednesday. The nation and Alabama showed a surge in enrollments from October to November, mostly credited to getting the glitch-plagued healthcare.gov website functioning. Alabama enrolled 2,824 in November compared...
View full size Lauren Banks of AIDS Alabama ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:50:15 AM
Feds shut down mint that turned Internet-based bitcoins into physical currency
Utah man had minted $82 million worth of coins.
The federal government has shut down the nation's premiere bitcoin mint , creating a roadblock for those who are trying to bring the online currency into the physical world. Agents from the U.S. Department of the Treasury shuttered the Sandy, Utah, business of Mike Caldwell, who had minted about $82 million worth of bitcoins, taking a share of their value as payment, Wi...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:09:33 AM
Late nights at 'Club Sterne': UAB students work their way through finals week
Anyone who has ever attended college knows what a nightmare finals can be. It's finals week at UAB, so AL.com visited the campus and asked students what the toughest aspects of finals are and what they are looking forward to the most when finals end Friday.
View full size UAB students prep for finals at Collat School of Business (Jesse Chambersfirstname.lastname@example.org). BIRMINGHAM,
Alabama -- Anyone who has ever attende...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:02:18 AM
Three questions with a CEO: Bonika Wilson, Wilson Capital Management
Editor's Note: The Birmingham Business Journal recently published its CEO Awards special section that honored the top CEOs in the Magic City. Over the next couple weeks, we'll be featuring excerpts from each profile that ran in the section.
Today, we're putting the spotlight on Bonika Wilson, who has quickly made her mark in Birmingham through her leadership of Wilson Capital Management, a growing management consulting firm.
Here are three questions with Wilson from her CEO Awards profil...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:58:42 AM
Alabama Environmental Council hosts energy forum with national speakers
One presenter estimated that the median household in Alabama spends nearly 5 percent of its income on electricity.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dozens of Alabamians met at the Birmingham Public Library on Thursday morning to continue the statewide conversation about energy, efficiency, and power bills. That conversation gained added attention earlier in the week, when the Alabama Public Service Commission made environmental comp...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:19:00 AM
Woman charged in fatal shooting at Iron Bowl party in Hoover set for January hearing
Adrian Laroze Briskey is charged in the shooting death of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd, a mother of three and case worker for at-risk youth and young parents.
Adrian Laroze Briskey (Hoover Police Department) HOOVER, Alabama - A 28-year-old Birmingham woman charged with
murder in a deadly shooting at an Iron Bowl party in Hoover is set to appear in
court for a preliminary hearing in January.
Adrian Laroze Briskey is c...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:11:19 AM
Report: California taxpayers mistakenly subsidized Google corporate jets since 2007 (document)
Department of Defense undercharged Google $5.3 million for jet fuel
Taxpayers in California have been footing a share of the bill for Google executives' travel on private jets. NASA's inspector general says the Department of Defense has mistakenly been selling Google and its executives jet fuel at prices that are about half of what private citizens would pay. In total, Google and its executives have saved as much as $5...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:32:17 AM
Suspect nabbed inside burglarized apartment in Jefferson County
Deputies charged Nikita Charrisse Gourley with burglary.
Nikita Gourley JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - A Jefferson County woman is under arrest after authorities found her inside her neighbor's apartment while they were out of town. Deputies just before 8 p.m. Wednesday responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Haversham Drive. A relative of the resident was on the scene, and told deputies a woman had broken...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:59:26 AM
Putin defends anti-gay laws, says Russia is defender of conservative values
Russian president paints acceptance of homosexuality as Western value
Passersby watch Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-state address in a shop window in Moscow. (Associated Press) Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country's controversial anti-gay laws in Russia's version of an annual state-of-the-state address. In his address to both chambers of parliament Putin portrayed Russia as a defender of conserva...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:53:03 AM
Alabama groups come together to back Medicaid enrollment
A coalition comprised of many Alabama organizations has been formed to promote access to Medicaid.
A statement sent from the Alabama Hospital Association Wednesday announced the formation of Alabama's Better Economy Starts Today, otherwise known as Alabama's BEST. The statement said the coalition "will advocate expanding access to health care by allowing more Alabamians to participate in the Medicaid program – or by developing an Alabama-driven alternative to expand care."
The coalition ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:21:49 AM
Union makes contract offer to Boeing
Alabama's hopes of landing production of the Boeing 777X could be slipping away.
Members of the Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Washington state have reportedly made a contract proposal to Boeing that would "secure 777X wing fabrication and final assembly work for Puget Sound," according to a report from the Puget Sound Business Journal.
“We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of the Boeing Co. in Washington...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:09:47 AM
Vestavia Hills police probing probable suicide after body found in Liberty Park
An officer heard the shot about 4:45 a.m.
VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama - A man died in what appears to be a suicide early today in Vestavia Hill's Liberty Park community. A patrol officer about 4:45 a.m. stopped to investigate an abandoned vehicle on the roadway on Liberty Parkway, about a quarter of a mile north of Overton Road, said Lt. Brian Gilham. While checking on the car, the officer heard a gunshot. Police found a man's body ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:02:38 AM
Apple awarded curved screen patent
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week approved an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent for curved touch screens.
Los Angeles Times reports the patent details methods for manufacturing curved screens, though it is uncertain how Apple would use the technology.
Both Samsung and LG have recently released smartphones with curved displays.
Reports indicate Apple has been developing a smart watch device, which might also use a curved screen, to fit a person's wrist.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:57:25 AM
Are we ready to say the foreclosure crisis is over?
New data suggests that the foreclosure crisis, while not completely over, is finally entering the final stretch.
Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, tells The Street that foreclosures are not a threat to the housing recovery anymore. When it comes to distressed properties, the U.S. is moving to a more normal market, The Street reports. Foreclosure activity, for instance, fell 15 percent between October and November. That’s the healthiest monthly dip since November 2010—as the so-...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:52:25 AM
Shedding a tear for a dead teenager (Today in Pictures)
A collection of some of the best pictures from the Associated Press
A tear rolls down the cheek of Carol Green as she attends a "Who Killed K.J." rally n Atlanta in memory of Kendrick Johnson, the south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school. Johnson's body was found Jan. 11, and sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident. However, Johnson's parents insist someone must h...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:20:54 AM
Birmingham police make arrests after pair of robberies Wednesday night
One robbery happened at a pet store on Gadsden Highway. The other happened at a Family Dollar on Jefferson Avenue.
-- Four people have been arrested in two separate robberies in Birmingham
East precinct officers responded to a robbery just before 8 p.m. at
the Pet Supply Plus store on Gadsden Highway, according to a news release from
Birmingham Police Department spokesman Sgt. Johnny Willi...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:10:20 PM
Forecast: Another cold night in store for Birmingham
Those cold temperatures will stick around until Friday night, when rain is expected to move in but overnight temperatures should only get down to the 40s.
View full size National Weather Service It'll be
another cold night in the Birmingham area Wednesday night, with lows in the
to the National Weather Service . Those cold temperatures will stick around
until Friday night, when rain is expected to mo...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:00:00 PM
Alabama Department of Education open to considering school bus fees for city districts
But state and federal officials have concerns about the potential impact of school bus fees on low-income and minority students.
(File photo by Frank Couchemail@example.com) MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Department of Education is open to considering the idea that city school districts can charge students fees to ride a bus to and from school, the No. 2 official in the department said today. However, both state and f...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:20:45 PM
87-year-old Shelby County man, charged with murder in wife's 2010 stabbing, dies in hospice
William Virgil Proctor, an Alzheimer's patient, died at a local hospice early Wednesday morning, said Tommy Spina, one of his attorneys.
COLUMBIANA, Alabama - An 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient, charged in the 2010 stabbing death of his wife at their Pelham home, died today, one of his attorneys said. William Virgil Proctor died at a local hospice early Wednesday morning, said Tommy Spina, one of his attorne...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:42:23 PM
Homewood-based wedding planner teams up with The Salvation Army to collect toys for Christmas
Collection at the Simply Wed studio, 1739 Reese Street, will run until Friday, Dec. 20.
(M. Elizabeth Weddings and Events) HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- For the next two weeks, Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Weddings and Events will be partnering with The Salvation Army to help ensure a Merry Christmas can be enjoyed by all Birmingham-area children. Cease invites the public to stop by Simply Wed --a "comprehensive" wedd...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:12:00 PM
Funeral announced for Jefferson County deputy killed in ATV crash (video)
A memorial video for Perry has been posted on YouTube.
Deputy Brad Perry BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Funeral arrangements for a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy killed in an off-duty ATV crash have been announced. Deputy Brad Perry , 42, died at 5:50 a.m. Monday at UAB Hospital. He was injured Dec. 3 and never regained consciousness following the accident. Perry and and a female deputy were off duty and riding an ATV on ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:49:18 PM
Give blood, save a life, at December blood drive underway at UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands
When you donate blood, you may be giving life to a badly injured person or someone needing a transfusion. And those who wish to become blood donors can do so at the December blood drive underway at UAB Hospital through Dec. 19.
UAB student Tyler Anderton at a blood drive on campus in 2010 (Jeff Roberts/Birmingham News). BIRMINGHAM,
Alabama -- When you donate blood, you may be giving life to a badly injured person or
so...Birmingham News/AL.com at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:42:23 PM
Faces of UAB
Meet Students, Faculty Featured in New UAB Promos
By Matt Windsor
What do you want to be? What do you want to change today? That’s the call to action delivered by UAB faculty and students in two new 30-second advertisements focused on student recruitment ( click here to watch ) and philanthropic support for the university (above). The ads mark the second phase in the university’s branding campaign, “Knowledge that will change your world,” and the launch of The Cam...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:00:32 PM
Music Student Supplies Soundtracks for New UAB TV Commercials
By Matt Windsor
You won’t see Kevin Peek in UAB’s new student recruitment ad (above), but the senior music technology major plays a prominent role. Peek’s rippling, piano-driven score propels the fast-moving commercial, which launched the second phase in the university’s new brand campaign , “Knowledge that will change your world.” (Learn more about the faces behind these commercials in this related story...UAB Magazine at Monday, December 02, 2013 12:52:00 PM
Speaking in Code
Preparing Students for a New Era in Genetic Counseling
By Gail Short
UAB genetic counseling students such as Rachel Reese are part of a rapidly growing field that rates high in opportunities and job satisfaction. Ever since high school, Rachel Reese has wanted to be a genetic counselor. "I loved science, but I knew I didn't want to be in a lab all the time," she says. "I liked the challenge of having to be a knowledgeable health care provider and an empathetic listener who hel...UAB Magazine at Monday, November 11, 2013 9:47:22 AM
New Offerings in UAB's College of Arts and Sciences, 2013-2014
Doug Baulos shows students how to recreate Renaissance techniques as part of a hands-on workshop in the Italian Renaissance Art class taught by Noa Turel. Sometimes, the best way to get to know a subject is to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirt under your nails. This fall, undergraduates in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences are painting in burnt sienna for a hands-on lesson in Renaissance art techniques, seekin...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:23:55 AM
Meet UAB's Class of 2017
By Matt Windsor
Click the image above to learn more about the Class of 2017. The fall semester always brings fresh faces to campus, but this year's UAB freshman class was one for the record books. There are 1,773 students in the Class of 2017, a 5.8 percent increase over 2012 and an all-time high for the university. The boom in baby Blazers has also pushed on-campus housing to capacity, with 69.1 percent of freshmen now living on campus—another recor...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:26:02 AM
Phages of Change
UAB Alumnus Revolutionizes Tuberculosis Research
By Meghan Davis
UAB alumnus Bill Jacobs has earned a place in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences for his efforts to understand and eradicate tuberculosis. Bill Jacobs cracked one of the great problems in infectious disease research using a mathematician's heart, a molecular biologist's training, and a helpful handful of dirt.
Jacobs, a professor of immunology, microbiology, and genetics at the Albert Einstein College of...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:49:07 AM
UAB Psychiatrist Reaches Out to Mothers, Children in Africa
By Matt Windsor
UAB psychiatrist Tolu Aduroja maintains a close connection to his native Nigeria. Since 2011, he has returned to his hometown of Ibadan each fall to provide free health care through an organization he founded called Maternal Cords. As a boy, Tolu Aduroja, M.D., M.P.H., longed for the days when he got to go to work with his mother, an obstetric nurse at the hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. "I saw patients give ...UAB Magazine at Monday, September 30, 2013 10:15:37 AM
Compassionate cheerleader named Employee of the Year
Diana Florence, administrative support specialist in Rheumatology and Osteoporosis, has been named Employee of the Year.
Florence was chosen from the 12 Employee of the Month award winners named this past fiscal year. An invitation-only presentation ceremony and reception honoring her with the highest non-academic employee award will be held later this fall.
Did she see it coming?
“Looking around at my co-workers — knowing what hard workers they are — I was astounded to be singled...UAB Campus News at Friday, September 27, 2013 10:10:14 AM
Kidd’s touch keeps high-tech work organized, on schedule
Some people are born with the gift to quietly organize the activities around them, to keep tasks on track and make life run more smoothly for others.
Angela Kidd, an office associate II with the Division of Informatics in the Department of Pathology, is one of those people.
Colleagues describe Kidd as dedicated, team-focused and able to anticipate the needs of her co-workers — often before they realize the needs themselves.
She expertly handles grant paperwork, assists faculty wit...UAB Campus News at Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:48:35 AM
Health Begins Here
A Strong Start for At-Risk Moms and Babies
By Christina Crowe and Matt Windsor
UAB is participating in the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative to find the best ways to eliminate long-term health problems for at-risk women and their children. From the moment they are born, most babies in the United States have their health care looked after in some fashion. The health of the mothers who carry them for nine months, however, is often overlooked—especially by the mothers ...UAB Magazine at Monday, September 23, 2013 11:13:29 AM